Burial does not necessarily ensure eternal rest, since families
for various reasons do upend their loved ones occasionally
and move them elsewhere. This apparently is what happened
to John Riley Wilson and his son, William Floyd, now buried
in the Chariton Cemetery. John Riley Wilson now shares a tombstone
in Chariton Cemetery with his wife, Martha E., which is
inscribed as follows: Wilson, John R. "Father," Sept. 27, 1851-
Mar. 24, 1905; Martha E. "Mother", Aug. 7, 1854-Aug. 6, 1942."
I do not know where at Salem they were buried originally.
"Mr. John Riley Wilson, who has been sick for three months with
Bright's disease and a complication of troubles, to the great
sorrow and distress of his family and his many neighbors and friends,
died on Friday morning, March 24, 1905. Mr. Wilson was fifty-three
years of age. He was born in Indiana on September 27, 1851,
and when about the age of nine years emigrated with his parents
to Iowa and settled in Benton township near what is now known
as the Salem church. On March 15, 1875, he and Miss Martha
Hawk were united in marriage; to this union were born four children,
Emma, Bert, Floyd and Ethel, who with the mother are left to
mourn his departure. For perhaps twenty-five years the family has
lived in this township, not far from the village of Derby. Mr. Wilson was
an honored and consistent member of the Methodist church from
his youth to the end, and for many years was class leader. On
Sunday, the 26th inst., his remains were taken to the Salem cemetery
where the funeral services were conducted by his pastor,
Rev. John Harned, preaching from 2nd Tim. 4,6,7, and 8.
Mr. Wilson was a noble man, a true friend and a splended citizen
and his death is deeply deplored.
Lucas County Genealogical Society collection
Note: Lucas County marriage records show that John R. Wilson, 22,
and Martha E. Hawk, 20, were married 15 March 1874, rather than
15 March 1875, as stated in the obituary.